Setting the standard high

RINGING ENDORSEMENT: Beep  targeted their end users, potential marketing partners and media outlets incredibly effectively.

RINGING ENDORSEMENT: Beep targeted their end users, potential marketing partners and media outlets incredibly effectively.

Excellence In Product Design

SAFETY FIRST: Molycop is utilising behavioural considerations by making the employees aware that their actions at work can have a long-lasting effect on their families.

SAFETY FIRST: Molycop is utilising behavioural considerations by making the employees aware that their actions at work can have a long-lasting effect on their families.

WINNER: Ampcontrol Group – Voice Com Phone

What the judges said:

What separates great product design from good product design is simplicity. 

Ampcontrol and Tiller Design have stripped down the new voicecom phone to its key elements and as a result it’s certainly more than a sum of its parts; achieving this level of simplicity is no easy task.   

Ampcontrol have shown an in-depth understanding of the user’s broader requirements. 

The unit is intuitive to use, includes a host of well-designed features, such as safety overrides, and does not lose sight of the considerations for use in the harsh environment of underground mining.  

Ampcontrol have packaged their capable electronic technology with careful consideration to the human interface, and achieved this whilst simultaneously reducing manufacturing cost.  

The new voicecom phone is now 80% lighter than its predecessor and other equivalent phones on the market, and interfaces easily to the current network infrastructure.

Highly Commended: Valley Longwall International for their star roll.

Excellence In Marketing

WINNER: Beep Bicycle Bells

What the judges said:

Often small companies and start-ups need to be extremely innovative and clear in their marketing in order to succeed given their lack of resources and budgets. 

That is certainly the case for Beep who targeted their end users, potential marketing partners and media outlets incredibly effectively. 

Their use of PR and social media has been masterful for such a small team. 

The resulting exposure, growth and return on marketing investment has been outstanding, launching a small local company onto the world stage. 

Highly Commended:  Design Anthology

Excellence In Manufacturing Process

WINNER: Varley Group

What the judges said:

When Varley were invited to take over a much larger proportion of the NSW ambulance upgrade project, they took up the challenge knowing the expanded workscope represented a very large change in output and complexity. 

Varley had to put their profit on the line to deliver but they did not hesitate to make the required investment. It is Varley this year that has proudly  demonstrated that the “can do” spirit of the region’s  manufacturing is alive and well . 

Backed by an excellent submission it was very easy to see that the accolades they have received locally and nationally were well deserved.  

Highly Commended: BAE Systems and DSI Underground 

Excellence In Safety

WINNER: Moly-Cop – Crane Safety Video And Open Days

What the judges said:

A great initiative that has involved not only the workforce but also their families.

Molycop is utilising behavioural considerations by making the employees aware that their actions at work can have a long lasting effect on their families. 

It also allows the families to experience what their loved-ones actually do in the workplace. They can then also influence their partners or parents to "be safe" whilst working. Everyone wins.

Highly Commended:  Bridon Bekaert for their laser lighting warning system for forklift